Patents by Inventor Anthony John Nichol

Anthony John Nichol has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 8764262
    Abstract: A film sheet having a series of strips extending from an edge may have the film strips gathered and folded into a stacked array wherein the strips are in parallel abutment. The collected ends of the stacked strips are then suitable for receiving light for transmission into (and emission from) the body of the film sheet. A pair of frame members, when urged toward each other about the strips, may automatically collect and fold the strips into a parallel spaced array. This array may then be gathered by hand, or by a cover member translating adjacent the frame members, to generate the stacked array of parallel abutting strips. The resulting illumination device is particularly useful for illumination of display panels such as liquid crystal displays, organic light-emitting diode displays, or simply signs formed of paper, plastic, and/or other materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: FLEx Lighting II, LLC
    Inventors: Anthony John Nichol, Shawn Michael Pucylowski
  • Publication number: 20140049983
    Abstract: A light emitting device includes a film-based lightguide and coupling lightguides having ends stacked and aligned. In one embodiment, the light emitting device comprises a relative position maintaining element that extends beyond the light input surface defined by the stacked ends of an array of coupling lightguides. In another embodiment, a light emitting device comprises an alignment guide or cavity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2011
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Inventors: Anthony John Nichol, Zane Coleman
  • Patent number: 8434909
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a light emitting device comprises an array of legs extending from a body of film with the bounding edges of the legs stacked, a first light source emitting light of a first color and a second light source emitting light of a second color into the stacked bounding edges where the light emitting region defined within the body is configured to extract light of a third color. In another embodiment, a light emitting device comprises three light sources positioned to direct light into a stacked array of bounding edges. In one embodiment, a method of generating light of adjustable color exiting a surface of a film is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Flex Lighting II, LLC
    Inventors: Anthony John Nichol, Zane Coleman
  • Publication number: 20110277361
    Abstract: A device includes a light transmitting film defining a lightguide region. A first region is defined within the lightguide region representing a region of one or more of an indicia, a graphic, and an image that is visible by light extraction when illuminated by light propagating within the film in a waveguide condition, wherein the first region includes a plurality of light extraction features that redirect a portion of light traveling within the film in a waveguide condition out of a first face of the opposing faces of the film in the first region, and the first region has a luminance less than 50 cd/m2 when illuminated with 1000 lux of diffuse light when disposed on an opening of a light trap box comprising a plurality of walls and a black, light absorbing material lining the plurality of walls. A method of making or producing a device is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2011
    Publication date: November 17, 2011
    Inventors: Anthony John Nichol, Zane Arthur Coleman
  • Publication number: 20110273906
    Abstract: A reflective display includes a reflective spatial light modulator and a frontlight. The frontlight includes a lightguide formed from a film. The lightguide includes an array of coupling lightguides continuous with a lightguide region of the lightguide. One or more light sources emit light into the array of coupling lightguides. Light from each coupling lightguide combines and totally internally reflects within the lightguide region. Light extraction features frustrate totally internally reflect light within the lightguide region such that the light exits the lightguide toward the reflective spatial light modulator in a light emitting region of the film. A cladding region is optically coupled to the lightguide so light from the light source propagates into the cladding region. A light extracting region is operatively coupled to the cladding region opposite the lightguide, and light in the cladding region is extracted. A method of producing a display is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2011
    Publication date: November 10, 2011
    Inventors: Anthony John Nichol, Zane Arthur Coleman
  • Publication number: 20110273901
    Abstract: A film sheet having a series of strips extending from an edge may have the film strips gathered and folded into a stacked array wherein the strips are in parallel abutment. The collected ends of the stacked strips are then suitable for receiving light for transmission into (and emission from) the body of the film sheet. A pair of frame members, when urged toward each other about the strips, may automatically collect and fold the strips into a parallel spaced array. This array may then be gathered by hand, or by a cover member translating adjacent the frame members, to generate the stacked array of parallel abutting strips. The resulting illumination device is particularly useful for illumination of display panels such as liquid crystal displays, organic light-emitting diode displays, or simply signs formed of paper, plastic, and/or other materials.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2010
    Publication date: November 10, 2011
    Inventors: Anthony John Nichol, Shawn Michael Pucylowski
  • Publication number: 20110255303
    Abstract: A light emitting device includes a film lightguide. The lightguide includes a lightguide region and an array of coupling lightguides continuous with the lightguide region, each terminating in a bounding edge and folded such that the bounding edges define a light input surface. A light source emits light into the light input surface. Light propagates within each coupling lightguide to the lightguide region, with light from each coupling lightguide combining with light from one or more other coupling lightguides and totally internally reflecting within the lightguide region. One or more light extraction features frustrate the totally internally reflected light such that light exits the lightguide in a light emitting region. Surface relief features on a surface of a low contact area cover are adjacent to a region of the lightguide with one or more of the surface relief features contacting the lightguide. A method of producing a device is disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2011
    Publication date: October 20, 2011
    Inventors: Anthony John Nichol, Zane Arthur Coleman